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Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006)
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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slow gooey glug drops oil/chocolate sludge into the glass. The head is a charred mocha and the color is deeply, utterly, impossibly BLACK. Oodles of splotchy lace seal the deal: this is one bad-looking mutha.

After the completely excellent appearance, the aroma seems muted. It's all chocolate, with even the sweetness seeming reigned in. But that chocolate is nice, reminding of warm chocolate sauce on the stove, ready to be made into a soothing hot chocolate concoction. Maybe a bit of roasty bitterness far back, and some alcohol, but it's pretty damn choco-fied.

Did someone say hot chocolate? Yeah, I just did, and this is like a carbonated, cooled version of the stuff. What seems decadently dessert-y then turns toward rougher roads with a toasty graininess, following the chocolate right into the finish. A touch of anise appears there too. The flavor doesn't immediately "wow" as other great Russian Imperial Stouts do...but patience and contemplation brought me around to this stealthy treat. The closest comparison I can make is to a less toasty, more chocolatey Old Rasputin.

Gliding and sliding across the tongue, the texture is nice enough but, considering the style, I prefer a gooier, thicker, creamier mouthfeel.

So it's not the perfect RIS, but the bar is so damn high, I can only do what's right for any beer: take it for what it is. And what it is is a luscious, well-made, somewhat exotic treat that I would welcome many more of (though not in the same sitting). Too bad it's so pricey--$8 for what seems like a mini-bomber.

True Norwegian Black Beer.

Metalmonk, May 30, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought online from Quaffs, London...

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty dark mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded quite quickly to thickish coating... some light wispy lacing...

Aroma is quite mellow for a big impy stout....Lots of nice rich roasted malts mixed with good dose of milk chocolate, strong dark sweet coffee, some prune and date sweetness, roasted nuts, some fresh vanilla notes, lots of nutmeg and peppery spiciness, alcoholic esters coming trough..

Taste - Milk chocolate to the fore then the roasted malts come through, some oatmeal smoothness, grainy notes just noticeable, spicy mole sauce notes - pepper and chocolate, alcohol is pretty evident, some smokey tobacco notes, light milkiness, some toffee sweetness...

Feel - Rich and velvety and very full bodied... for such a rich and strong beer this is pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent Impy Stout and up with the best i've tried. Recommended...

mdagnew, May 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that quickly descends to a thin swirl.  Spots of lacing stick, then vanish.The smell is of toffee, chocolate with piney resin and citrus.   Wonderfully aromatic - malty and hoppy (Columbus hops used generously along with a list of malts that come through) intertwine.The taste is of chocolate/toffee with resin/pine/citrus.  More bitter than your typical RIS, the maltiness is not overshadowed - dark, chocolatey malt still shines through.  There's just a slight touch of alcohol in the dry finish.Medium-to-full bodied.  Medium carbonation.I love the way this brewery combines the English and American styles so well.  Wonderfully aromatic and delicious, this is well-worth the somewhat high price-tag.  Very drinkable for style/abv. 

jwc215, May 28, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 05/26/08.

Pours pitch black with hints of brown around the edges. A moderate pour creates a one finger thick brown head that quickly settled to a thin layer. Aromas of mostly dark chocolate and roasted malts, with a bit of coffee mixed in there.

The taste has more of a coffee flavor, with lots of bitter dark chocolate also. Slightly sweet up front, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Nice bitter chocolate finish with a very low hop profile. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The feel is thick and smooth, almost chewy. Very smooth and dry, and the carbonation is low-medium, just about right. It leaves a thing sticky coating around the mouth. Drinkability is pretty good. The bitterness doesn't overwhelm, and all the tastes and feel work well together.

A very good RIS, the only drawback is that it's a bit pricey. Definitely worth a try.

bkilpatr, May 27, 2008
Photo of GimpyCane
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: BLACK, with a two finger mocha head that dimished quickly.

S: Sweet dark dried plum with a strange peach scent upfront. Slight smokiness and cocoa powder in the middle with a fruity alcohol finish.

T & M: Full body, silky, and oily feel with a sweet malt, dark passion and peach flavor upfront. Smooth through the middle with a subtle bitterness towards the end.

D: This is one dangerous RIS,one can easily find themselves kicking back a few when the "o'shit, I'm drunk feeling comes on".

Overall, this brew Rocks! It's smooth appeal is what grab me from the beginning and open my palate to a wonderful unique session.

GimpyCane, May 26, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as nails. Or shit. Or tar paper. Brown head that lingers a while for 9%. Some light lacing and even a bit of legs.
Smells of dark fruits, alcohol, a hint of smoke, cherries, a hint of peach(?), oak, smells like the brewer changed his babies' diaper with huggies and not pampers. I'm picking up a bit of liriodendrum Tulipifera dried for 20 years or so in a cantonese desert. For your entertainment, of course.
Tastes of much the same: dark fruits, alcohol, oak, roasted grains. Just a hint of sour, more like oak than vinegar. delicious.
Mouthfeel is silky, thick and smooth, with deliciousness throughout. A bit of warming alcohol in the finish.
Well, well worth a try. Highly recommended.

khiasmus, May 23, 2008
Photo of hero27
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle
9% abv

Nearly black in color with a slight mahogany hue..dark tan head of foam.
Aroma of hazelnut, earthy malts, dark chocolate & espresso..
Roasted barley, a nutty malt flavor with plenty of chocolate overtones..some lingering bitterness and a slight alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin for a Russian Imperial, but other than that, this is a pretty solid double stout out of Norway.
Nøgne has a solid array of beers, and this is definitely one of them.

hero27, May 17, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark chocolaty brown. The liquid spills out thick and is quite opaque. Initially there is no head but it rises slowly to caress the subtle contours of the glass. Thick fluffy, the color of milk chocolate it fades slowly and is almost gone in a few minutes.

The nose is subtle and consists mainly of dark toasted malts. There are hints of chocolates, cappuccino and a odd yet intriguing milky hoppness.

Taste is much like the scent... predominantly dark heavy roasted/ charred malts. Behind that velvet curtain of malts is a semi sweet, milky dark chocolate that I initially mistook for a coffee flavor. As the brew warms it is even more distinctly chocolate. A warm hop bitterness works over the aftertaste and leaves a nice astringency.

Thick mouthfeel, this beer coats the palate, reminiscent of eating to much candy as it solidifies your saliva. Low carbonation works well for this beer. The smooth milky mouthfeel just lets it slide down the throat.

Easy to drink. Great smell, excellent flavors and superb coating feel on the mouth. Not the best RIS but a damn fine one. Yum.

jbphoto88, May 15, 2008
Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A large dark head tops a black body before fading to a small ring of lacing.

Smell: The nose has a dark mix of baker's chocolate, Sumatra coffee, and anise.

Taste: The flavor profile is more complex than the nose. Sweet fruity kicks things off. Anise and coffee come in next followed closely by lingering bittersweet chocolate. The finish is roasty and quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel: It's full-bodied, rich, oily, and sticky with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This stout is very porter-like in that it's mainly roasty, with less chocolate and sweet flavors and at 9%, it's not the most quaffable beer in the world. It is good though.

goschool, May 07, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/01/08.

This beer is utterly black. Rich two finger dark tan head that looks like a brown milkshake reduces to a hint of lacing. Chunky, gelatinous brown sludge transferred into glass from bottle. Oops! Wasn't thinking about sediment.

Odd aroma: doesn't smell like any stout I've had. Doesn't even really smell like a beer! I'd describe it as a subtle chocolate malted with a hint of iron thrown in.

Significant bitterness up front. Thick, rich unsweetened chocolate flavor that's still a touch on the subtle side. Silky on tongue. Dry without being parching. Then, poof! Flavor has vanished as beer goes down. Just a little lingering heat is left behind.

Sadly, not as complex as I had hoped. Still, a fine beer.

charlzm, May 05, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black.Thick, rocky, dark tan head. Leaves some thick lacing.

Smell is burnt malts; rich, sweet. I can smell the alcohol but it is not at all overwhelming.

Taste is toasted malts, a bit acidic, leaves a dry feeling in my mouth like eating a walnut. Reminds me a bit of drinking a sherry or a scotch, bit of a peaty, earthy flavor. Hint of wood, maybe oak?

Very different for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless. I would recommend picking up a bottle.

halfP1NT, May 03, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent black with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruits, iron, chocolate, plus some boozeyness as this warms

T: Dark fruit, iron, raisins, & prunes up front. Rich baker's chocolate, drynesss & a bit of roasted malt as this warms. finishes dry & chocolatey. with a touch of oakyness. On the cusp of a 5.0

MF: A bit over carbonation detracts from the chewyness, plus a bit of chalkyness

Drinks great for the style & ABV, great Imp stout, albeit a bit pricey at $9.50 for .5 liters

russpowell, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a true pint glass an nice black color, nice carbonation, a very nice two-finger creamy dark tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is big on malts/chocolate/coffee/toffee, some vanilla sweetness, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big on the dark stuff, with some caramel malts. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a treat for sure, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a sexy but very short lasting dark copper hue, I love the color. Subdued candied apples, marshmellows and a little bit of cinnamon that do work out of the glass. The taste literally is just like a smore, but not as agressive as you would think. Theres an elegance to all of this! The alcohol does show a little bit more than i would appreciate at mid-palate to finish, but not overwhelming whatsoever. An excellent beer, and fairly unique in style. These malt gnomes were rollin in a 1920 buick la cross doing work.

Twerknasty, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of warmstorage
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fluid ounces, from La Bodega, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep black, totally opaque, medium brown, fairly dense head, decent retention, with massive lacing. Truly, just about perfect.

Aroma: roasty burnt toasty chocolate, coffee, some deep stonefruit and fruity esters. Something slightly sour there, too.

Taste: roasty toasty smoky creosote, some stonefruit, cherries, prunes. Something else that is harder to place: maybe just really fruity esters and some fruity yeastiness.

Mouth: moderately full, somewhat tingly, low warmth given the ABV.

Overall: Drinkable, fun, interesting, but it looks better than it tastes.

warmstorage, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Very very black and thick looking with a decently sized brown head. The head retention isn't great, but it does leave some remnants to keep things interesting.

S- Very roasty and smoky. Almost has a meaty quality to it. Throw in some coffee and chocolate, some dark fruits, and a little bit of an oat aspect and call it good. Complex with a good backing sweetness in there as well.

T- Very smoky tasting. Very complex and roasty with some chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, and a slight English oaty/buttery aspect as well.

M- Absolutely perfect. The liquid is velvety smooth with a nice dry finish. The carbonation level is great too.

D- Everything works really well here for a unique take on the style. I was really impressed with this beer. It made for a nice, slow drinking treat.

david131, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Nogne product I've tried so far. Served this at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a 500ml brown bottle.

Appearance: This one poured out a deep inky black color, that looked pretty thick. A rather easy pour yielded about two fingers of mocha brown foam. Head was made up of thick, fine bubbles and had great retention. Plenty of thick gobs of lace were left clinging to the glass after each sip.

Smell: Nice spicey nose on this stout. Rich dark chocolate aromas with some coffee. Smokey charred wood like aromas with some dark overripe fruits. A slight hop presence lingers in the background. Tons of roasted malt and a generous amount of booze.

Taste: A huge coffee bitterness out front with just hints of semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet, smokey roasted malts smooth this bad boy out almost perfectly. A faint flaked oat flavor is in there as well. Finishes with a warm blast of alcohol, with a slight woodiness to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a strange mouthfeel in my opinion. Seems thick and creamy but light and airy a the same time. Almost silky. I kind of like that. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not too bad in the drinkability department. Pretty smooth. The nine percent ABV and huge bitterness take away from it a bit. Pretty good Stout overall.

jaxon53, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of RunawayJim
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into 2 small goblets (for me and my fiancee). Perfect fit in each glass, though I wish this was a 22 oz bomber or a 750 ml as this beer is too good to have such a small amount, but 1 bottle might be too much for 1.

The beer pours a thick opaque black with a small, but lingering, tan head. The smell is not overwhelming, and if any bit of this takes a hit, it's the smell because it's not powerful enough (and it sat out of the fridge for half an hour before drinking). It smells slightly of roasted and chocolate malts.

Tastes of more of those roasted malts and some bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavors at first. As the beer warms, it gains some sweeter chocolate notes and is even slightly reminiscent of an oatmeal stout because it's smooth and creamy.

It's thick, yet smooth and slightly creamy in the mouth. It doesn't leave a coating like some stouts and isn't at all oily. It's just right.

This is a very tasty, drinkable beer. It's 9% ABV is not at all noticeable. I could drink this all night. The only thing I would mention is that there is a TON of sediment at the bottom and not just yeasty sediment. It's gritty if you try to drink it, so be careful not to get that in the glass. That's the beer's biggest downside.

RunawayJim, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful opaque black with tons of medium brown head, dense and sticky. Aromas are quite unique for an RIS, more leaning on the dark toasty notes than roasty. However, there are notes of raisins, olives (strange but I get it), rubber, chocolate, and a bit of burnt esters (my imagination). The rubber could be a mix of medicinal/chemical like notes, perhaps thrown off by yeast or just the malt/hop combination. On the palate, this beer is THICK, mouth coating deliciousness. The use of wheat and oats has made is incredibly smooth and there's no roasted harshness but a noticeable hop bitterness. This reminds me a lot of Oat from ST. A slight vanilla, oaky, smoky oxidative note really brings complexity to this beer making it unique in a sea of RIS's that are all the same. Just a touch low on carbonation, but I prefer it to the overly carbonated American versions. Highly recommended, first from this brewery, and pysched that folks in Norway are brewing world class stuff.

dreadnatty08, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a tulip glass. It was a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick light brown head. The head dissipated quickly, but there was still a little bit of lacing. Primarily a coffee aroma, but also a bit of smoke and some chocolate. The taste was a lingering coffee and a tiny bit of chocolate. A little bit of bitterness at the end. Thoroughly enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a onyx with a brown head that quickly drops in to a ring around the glass. bottle and label design is a little post-modern like the big null sign.
the aroma is rich, dark chocolate, little bit of smoke, little bit of fruity esters and alcohol.
the flavor is pretty smooth malty rich, with a little coffee and cocoa, bready, and some alcohol warming.

plaztikjezuz, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours opaque black with off brown head.

Nose has whoppers candy aromas - nougat, milk chocolate, and maybe vanilla.

Palate has a nougat-like sweetness, roasty, chocolate, dry cookie, and bitterness towards the end for balance.

Finish is quite long with chocolate and a suggestion of butterscotch.

yemenmocha, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black with ruy highlights around the top edges. brown head that dissipates to a thin sheet after a minute or so and leaves a bit of lace as the beer dissapears. smell isn't super strong, but wood, coffee, chocolate, plum, and earth are all there. taste is where it really shows it's true color. i tasted everything that the nose suggested plus some lemon-limey hopness and a hint of warm in the finish. well balanced and flavors were for sure dancing as each one showed itself. a little on the thin side, but a wonderful, wonderful beer, and a must must must must try for all the imperial stout fans out there. up there with old rasputin, expedition etc.

timtim, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours thick and black It looks extremely sticky. I am afraid if I were to splash this one on my shirt..the shirt will be stained for good. The head pours inverted like a guines, and is a chocolatey color. The lacing sticks a thick ring around the beer.

The beer smells fairly weak and smooth. There are hints of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol.
Wish it had more aromatics!

Taste is thick and bitter up front. DARK roasted chocolate coverd expresso beans are the main draw here. There is a grape jelly taste. Some nice roasty malts almost smokey come throug. Wow, is the bitterness good!

This beer is creamy and sticky thick. FULL FULL flavor profile! RICH RICH RICH!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!
I think NOGNE should say to Stone, "YOUR NOT WORTHY OF THIS STOUT". I loved this!
Great job Nogne. The only drawback is the high price. But, I WILL buy this agian.


Trueant1, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Brigand chalice. Poured opaque black with absolutely no light penetration. Half-inch coffee colored head with abundant ringlets that quickly subside into an oily slick. Sheets of watery lacing coat the sides of the glass during each sip. Aromas of malt, coffee and licorice. Taste similar to nose with the addition of dark chocolate and a mild oak character. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. A little subdued for an RIS, but very pleasant. Virtually no carbonation and a little bit of chalkiness at the finish. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is very well-hidden. This aspect, combined with a medium-bodied consistency make this a good choice if you're looking for an RIS that's a little less intense.

Jwale73, Mar 23, 2008
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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